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The Essential Brunch Restaurants in Denver

For the ultimate midday breakfast fix

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A French press brews at Annette inside Stanley Marketplace in Aurora
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These 10 restaurants are not the new and hot brunch spots, but rather the established and beloved staples of Denver’s mid-morning dining scene. They range from Ellyngton's inside the Brown Palace for a posh, throwback experience; to Beatrice & Woodsley, well-suited for a romantic date brunch.

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Old Major

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Meat-focused Old Major serves brunch both Saturday and Sunday and draws guests in with dishes like the country-fried chicken and cinnamon French toast.

Eggs Benedict at Old Major
Eggs Benedict at Old Major
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Root Down

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Classic dishes with a twist in a modern and laid-back setting is what Root Down is all about. See Vietnamese almond pancakes and shrimp and grits Benedicts. There is usually a wait to be seated.

Zucchini bread French toast at Root Down
Zucchini bread French toast at Root Down
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Duo Restaurant

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Duo was at the forefront of the farm-to-table movement in Denver, and that commitment has never wavered. Brunch is a tradition here that comes with biscuits and gravy, pastry baskets, and the cider-glazed pork Benedict. As of 2019, it’s now served Fridays in addition to weekends.

Duo
Duo
Duo [Official Site]

Diners line up outside the door before this eclectic LoHi spot opens on Sundays for brunch. The menu includes a selection ranging from Argentine steak & eggs to hangover ramen and chorizo tacos.

Nutella waffle at Linger
Nutella waffle at Linger
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Annette

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Diners should still hurry to this Eater 2017 restaurant of the year for dinner, but they should also just as soon go for weekend brunch. Breakfast sandwiches, biscuits and jam, and a Jubilee coffee French press should not be missed.

Annette
Annette
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The Nickel

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Located just inside Hotel Teatro, the Nickel offers a weekend charcuterie bloody mary bar with all the fixings. Its food menu is equally impressive — try the chicken and waffles.

The Nickel
The Nickel
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Ellyngton's

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Served on Sundays only, the Dom Perignon brunch at The Brown Palace hotel is a real treat. There are lavish brunch buffet tables, fresh seafood selections, sushi and salad stations, and four Champagne tiers to choose from.

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Ellyngton’s
The Brown Palace [Official Site]

Beast + Bottle

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Both Saturdays and Sundays, chef Paul Reilly and his skilled team offer fun dishes such as the flax seed Belgian waffle, challah French toast, and the corned lamb shank hash.

Beast + Bottle
Beast + Bottle
Beast + Bottle [Official Site]

Beatrice & Woodsley

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Romantic Beatrice & Woodsley has expanded brunch hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays on South Broadway. Highlights here include apple pie pancakes, asparagus Benedict on toasted ciabatta, and brûléed grapefruit with a sweet-salted almond and olive oil crumb.

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Beatrice & Woodsley
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Star Kitchen

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This brunch palace off South Federal Boulevard serves daily dim sum plates from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, when the dining room gets packed. Go for crispy noodles, egg custard buns, pork shiu-mai, and dumplings galore.

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Old Major

Eggs Benedict at Old Major
Eggs Benedict at Old Major
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Meat-focused Old Major serves brunch both Saturday and Sunday and draws guests in with dishes like the country-fried chicken and cinnamon French toast.

Eggs Benedict at Old Major
Eggs Benedict at Old Major
Old Major/Facebook

Root Down

Zucchini bread French toast at Root Down
Zucchini bread French toast at Root Down
Root Down/Facebook

Classic dishes with a twist in a modern and laid-back setting is what Root Down is all about. See Vietnamese almond pancakes and shrimp and grits Benedicts. There is usually a wait to be seated.

Zucchini bread French toast at Root Down
Zucchini bread French toast at Root Down
Root Down/Facebook

Duo Restaurant

Duo
Duo
Duo [Official Site]

Duo was at the forefront of the farm-to-table movement in Denver, and that commitment has never wavered. Brunch is a tradition here that comes with biscuits and gravy, pastry baskets, and the cider-glazed pork Benedict. As of 2019, it’s now served Fridays in addition to weekends.

Duo
Duo
Duo [Official Site]

Linger

Nutella waffle at Linger
Nutella waffle at Linger
Linger/Facebook

Diners line up outside the door before this eclectic LoHi spot opens on Sundays for brunch. The menu includes a selection ranging from Argentine steak & eggs to hangover ramen and chorizo tacos.

Nutella waffle at Linger
Nutella waffle at Linger
Linger/Facebook

Annette

Annette
Annette
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Diners should still hurry to this Eater 2017 restaurant of the year for dinner, but they should also just as soon go for weekend brunch. Breakfast sandwiches, biscuits and jam, and a Jubilee coffee French press should not be missed.

Annette
Annette
Jonathan Phillips

The Nickel

The Nickel
The Nickel
Lucy Beaugard/Eater

Located just inside Hotel Teatro, the Nickel offers a weekend charcuterie bloody mary bar with all the fixings. Its food menu is equally impressive — try the chicken and waffles.

The Nickel
The Nickel
Lucy Beaugard/Eater

Ellyngton's

<span data-author="3635139">Ellyngton’s</span>
Ellyngton’s
The Brown Palace [Official Site]

Served on Sundays only, the Dom Perignon brunch at The Brown Palace hotel is a real treat. There are lavish brunch buffet tables, fresh seafood selections, sushi and salad stations, and four Champagne tiers to choose from.

<span data-author="3635139">Ellyngton’s</span>
Ellyngton’s
The Brown Palace [Official Site]

Beast + Bottle

Beast + Bottle
Beast + Bottle
Beast + Bottle [Official Site]

Both Saturdays and Sundays, chef Paul Reilly and his skilled team offer fun dishes such as the flax seed Belgian waffle, challah French toast, and the corned lamb shank hash.

Beast + Bottle
Beast + Bottle
Beast + Bottle [Official Site]

Beatrice & Woodsley

<span data-author="-1">Beatrice &amp;&nbsp;Woodsley</span>
Beatrice & Woodsley
Beatrice & Woodsley/Facebook

Romantic Beatrice & Woodsley has expanded brunch hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays on South Broadway. Highlights here include apple pie pancakes, asparagus Benedict on toasted ciabatta, and brûléed grapefruit with a sweet-salted almond and olive oil crumb.

<span data-author="-1">Beatrice &amp;&nbsp;Woodsley</span>
Beatrice & Woodsley
Beatrice & Woodsley/Facebook

Star Kitchen

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This brunch palace off South Federal Boulevard serves daily dim sum plates from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, when the dining room gets packed. Go for crispy noodles, egg custard buns, pork shiu-mai, and dumplings galore.

Star Kitchen Star Kitchen [official]

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